Kachina Doll

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Kachina Doll

Arizona

Hopi
Tatangaya Katsina – Hornet Kachina doll

Carved wood (cottonwood), natural pigments and feathers
Circa 1930
Height: 11 ¼ in. (28.5 cm)

Ex private collection, California

Tatangaya Kachina doll 28.5 cm / galerie Flak Price on request
Kachina dolls (or katsinam) represent spirits or gods from the pantheon of the Pueblo peoples in the American Southwest. Given to children, kachina dolls constituted a teaching tool allowing them to familiarize themselves with the spiritual world and perpetuating knowledge of the founding myths on which their society was based.
Tatangaya, or Wasp, Hornet Kachina exists in two distinctive forms. First Mesa Tatangaya looks completely different from Second and Third Mesa variation. It is said that Tatangaya is an import from Zuni. He can be seen during the Pamuya or the Mixed Kachina Dances.

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